I’ve been working on HQ’s for my Space Wolves lately, and the latest addition to my collection is this rune priest. I’ve actually had him sitting around for a couple of years, but finally decided to paint him. My original idea, after all, was to base my marines primarily around models I already owned. Especially ones that have been sitting neglected for a long time.
I took the jump pack from a Space Marine battle force. I did magnetize it because sometimes he’ll probably want to accompany a drop pod landing or maybe even ride to battle in a rhino, rather than getting stuck with the usual fate of rune priests — casting buffs on thunderwolf cavalry.
I lost the original, normal power armor backpack that came with the model so it was the Space Marine battle force to the rescue again. That piece is still in my painting queue though, since I’ve been having fun running him exclusively with the jump pack.
I like the plasma pistol. It adds a bit of color to a model that is mostly darker, earth tones. I do have to say as a weapon it is situational at best and hilariously bad at worst. I should have used a tiny magnet since it attaches at the wrist. I’ll probably do that when he has an accident and his hand falls off, or gets gnawed off again by some particularly vicious fire warrior.
Thinking about plasma pistols and having fun with how often they blow up during games has gotten me thinking about Space Wolf sagas. There is a designer’s note in the previous codex which states:
Sagas are intended to encourage players to develop some seriously cool names and stories for their Space Wolves characters. You’ll find that after a few games your heroes become a lot more interesting as they accrue personal histories of victory and (dare we say it?) defeat. In effect, your characters will be adding to their own sagas with every new game, which can be great fun.
I’ve been playing this guy for a few games now and we’ve had some laughs over his various and often unsound (game mechanics-wise) antics. So I’ve been thinking of starting a section on my blog for the “sagas” of some of my characters, and I think I’ll start with this guy, his addiction to the dangers and thrills of gratuitously discharging his plasma pistol as well as his hatred of being put on “thunderwolf detail.”